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's going worldwide thanks to chuck. we took it everywhere. >> this whole city loves chuck brown, from kids to senior citizens. they want to pay homage to a great man who loved so much music, so much love. ♪ it's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday ♪ thank you, chuck brown. >> reporter: that is just one of the gentlemen who will be performing here today in just a few moments inside the convention center. i've got to tell you since we've been covering the passing and the celebration of chuck brown's life, i've heard so many wonderful stories about how he loved his fans and each and every one it seems has a picture with chuck brown. i'm told he carved out 30 minutes out of every single performance, even up until the last and final performances of his life just so he could sit with people, take some pictures, sign autographs so family members say listen, it is only fitting and appropriate that we share this final goodbye and farewell with all the fans that meant so much to chuck brown. back to you, lesli. >> if you would like to loner chuck brown's memory, his family asked that donations b
father of the modish d.c -- modern d.c. music scene. chuck brown. he captured the pulse of the street and the beat of the drum. a beat that make a chuck brown show part carnival, part love affair between audience and band. tonight we remember the band leader. >> his passing is a sad moment, but this broadcast will not be a wake. it will be a celebration of a man that gave sows much that despite his absence, will live touched by everyone. >> brown died of multiple organ failure due to sepsis. >> he was treated at johns hopkins hospital in baltimore. he was admitted earlier this month after complaining of arthritis and doctors found blood clots in his legs. the clots were removed but brown came down with pneumonia while hospitalized. we have team coverage as we celebrate the life of one of our area's truly most beloved musicians. >> here is bruce johnson with a lot more on the legacy of chuck brown. >> reporter: we're outside the historic howard theater. chuck brown couldn't be here for the grand opening some weeks ago. he is here tonight in spirit. hundreds if not thousands gather to g
it is just go go music. but we love chuck because chuck brown, he was loved. and we love chuck brown because chuck brown, he was family. and we love chuck because chuck, he did everything that he could for d.c. >> and when you come behind, you know, you'll see that chuck was the go go. and go go to like washington, d.c. and like jazz is to the new orleans. like country music is to nashville, tennessee. but he's the god father of go go. and today we'll stand here for the entire council in addition to columbia to say thank you to the families for sharing a wonderful man. i know it was hard and difficult, but you shared it with so many people. and he made d.c. what they are today. >> there are so many things that people say are the nation's capital. let me tell you it may be the nation's capital, but go go is the district of columbia's music, thanks to chuck brown. >> and so many people, they have come out today, but don't you think we need to find a way to remember him forever? his music will be here forever, but we need to find a way to remember him forever. and so council members, mr. chair
stem from the go-go sound that started with chuck brown. our matt jablow is down along chuck brown way in northwest d.c. with more on the man who started the movement. matt. >> reporter: tributes for the godfather of go-go are pouring in tonight from all over. from those who love chuck brown the musician and chuck brown the person. chuck was 16 years old when he first met chuck brown. >> i owe a lot to him. >> reporter: thompson says they got along great from the start. both personally and professionally. thompson played in chuck's band and produced chuck's grammy nominated album. >> one of the easiest people to ever work with in the studio. >> reporter: one day after the death of the godfather of go- go, thompson says chuck the person and chuck the performer will always be with him. >> right now, i feel like he's everywhere now, you know. i got the travel size. i have him whenever i need him. >> reporter: a father figure is how thompson described chuck brown. >> he was the nicest guy you could ever meet. >> reporter: brian mills described chuck in the exact same way. >> got
arrangements for chuck brown. the man who helped create the unique mix of funk and soul died yesterday after a long bout with pneumonia. he was 75 and today, the tributes continue to pour in. >> over the next hour and a half, we'll remember chuck brown through the music of the backyard band. a group that got their big break thanks to chuck brown. >> but first, matt joins us live from chuck brown way, that's the street in northwest d.c. with reaction from some of those who helped chuck brown create his great music. matt. >> reporter: to his many fans, chuck brown was the man who wowed them up and used like the howard theater. many of the people who worked with chuck, he provided wisdom, inspiration, and guidance. as we have been hearing a lot over the past 24 hours, chuck brown, known to generations of washington music fans as the god father of go-go. >> he was the nicest guy you could ever meet. >> one day after chuck's death, a lot of people are remembering the godfather more as a father figure. >> got a lot of people off the streets working with him, playing for him. >> people like
saying washington, d.c.'s heart is broken with the loss of chuck brown. gary is live where he is getting the reaction to washingtonens that are just learning the news. gary. >> reporter: i talked to one man who said you're reporting about the death of chuck brown. there's nothing negative to say. he said when you talk about chuck brown, the only thing you can do is glow. you talk about chuck brown as being a washington institution, the chili bowl is an institution. chuck was here often. served on him, was a friend, what legacy do you think mr. brown leaves to washington, d.c.? >> he's more of a family member to us, everybody enjoyed chuck brown. everybody loved him. we are going to deeply miss chuck brown for ever and ever. >> reporter: mr. smith, why was his music important to d.c.? what difference did it make? >> it made a difference because he was the founder of go-go. everybody loves chuck brown. everybody loved go-go in d. c. back in the day, they love go- go. loved chuck. >> i was told by one fan, if you went to a chuck brown concert and you weren't feeling good, chuck could f
for their trips. >>> the tributes continue to pour in for the late chuck brown. coming up, we talk to the men who helped d.c. music legend, go-go. but first, a second grader in colorado tries to honor an african american icon, but instead, gets a hard lesson in race relations. we'll talk about this one. stay with us. >>> all in state students at virginia tech will see their tuition go up next year. the university board of visitors approved a 3.9% hike for tuition and fees and that means students will have to shell out close to $11,000 a year to go to virginia tech. that increase, governor bob mcdonald had requested, he wanted state schools to keep state tuition under 8%. >>> a project sparked racism. the kid's name is shawn king and he had been assigned to dress up like martin luther king, so as you might see there, the second grader put on a black suit and a fake mustache and some dark face paint. members of the faculty and students complained about it. the principal told shawn to wash his face. the 8-year-old said no. he was sent home. >> i worked very hard. i tried my best. i don't want to be
tribute to chuck brown. the d.c. music legend died yesterday. he was 75 years ode. chuck brown was born in north carolina but he made his name on the d.c. music scene in the '70s. literally made his name over because he went to jail as one thing and said never going back to jail. i'm going to be chuck brown and never went back to jail as that name. in 2009 part of 7th street near t street northwest was renamed chuck brown way. he played live concerts up until last year. he was even honored by the national symphony orchestra last september. >> when anybody you meet talks about chuck brown they instantly smile. you'll notice that. a crowd gathered outside the howard theater last night for an impromptu vigil last night to honor chuck brown and it wasn't a sad event. it was a celebration of his music and a lot of people were dancing. chuck brown called his music go- go because it just kept going. he created the continuous beat to stock the dance floors at the clubs from clearing out. >> delia goncalves is live at the studios in maryland with more on the legacy. good morning. >> reporter: g
. but first, where has the father of go go gone? we go searching for answers about chuck brown and, is he okay? that's up next. i stepped on the machine, and it showed me the pressure points on my feet and exactly where i needed more support. then, i got my number. my tired, achy feet affected my whole life. until i found my number. i tried the free dr. scholl's foot mapping center. in two minutes, i got my foot map and custom number. i'm a 440. that matched up to the dr. scholl's custom fit orthotic inserts with the right support and cushioning i need. i am a believer. i'm a believer! i'm a believer. go to drscholls.com to find your closest walmart with a foot mapping center. >>> concern has been growing over the health of chuck brown. the god father of d.c. go go has not performed in more than two months and it's been tough to get information about where he is and what's wrong with him. 9news now has learned that chuck brown is in the hospital. he is recovering from pneumonia. and the reason for the worry is because as somebody once said, chuck brown is to d.c. what elvis is to memphis. for
. >> reporter: we're outside the historic howard theater, chuck brown couldn't be here for the grand opening some weeks ago. he's here tonight in spirit. and as hundreds if not thousands of people gather to give chuck a d.c. sendoff. >> we lost a great one so we got to celebrate his life and his legacy. >> i love chuck brown. i've been listening to him all my life every school dance. ♪ >> reporter: d.c. mayor gray says he may open the washington convention center for chuck brown's funeral. >> chuck was a great human being. and frankly a good friend of mine. >> reporter: tributes were pouring in from the high and mighty to the low for the father of go go. >> he flew off the covers and made people understand we are a lot more than a government town. >> probably tell the city to party hard for him tonight. he really would tell the city to party hard. this is a devastating loss. >> reporter: got a gramny mom nation? >> oh my god. unbelievable. ♪ >> reporter: chuck brown was 75. he began performing back in the 1960s. by the '70s when the rest of the country was deep into disco, d.c. had the o
in people. now people pay their respects to the father of go-go chuck brown. thank you for joining us. i'm jc hayward. >>> fans began lining up for today's viewing long before the howard theatre opened its doors at 11:00. we have team coverage of today's viewing for the music ledge jendle. we're going to -- legend. we're going to begin with bruce johnson who joins us from the howard theatre. >> reporter: they started lining up a couple of hours ago. i'm surrounded by a few of chuck brown's friends. it's been like this all morning long. wind me up, chuck. let's go to the videotape. ♪ feel like busting loose >> i'm both sad and excited. chuck and i were personal friends for 35, 40 years. >> i'm going to miss him. it ain't going to be the same ever again. >> the godfather of soul. >> the music, man, is unbelievable, manual. just wish -- man. just wish you were in that zone. just keeps you there for the whole party. >> chuck was like a father to me for real. he taught me, you know, the ups and downs of the business. >> we claimed chuck. chuck was ours. and we think, you know, he made it we
has done a profile on chuck brown. i have been here over 30 years. so i said chuck, can i do a profile? he said of course. nobody asked to talk to me. we stood on u street. you can see some of the shots. people wanting a hug from him. chuck is the man. he started out, he went to lorton. that's where he got a chance to get his life together. he learned to play guitar, he got some education. he started this go go thing, except for busting loose, didn't go much further than d.c., but everybody samples their work. but chuck brown, you know, we love him and i got to show you this piece we did, derek, six years ago on chuck brown. that first piece that was done on him in a long time. >> when i say chuck brown, what do you think of? >> god father of soul. >> i thought that was james brown? >> no, that's chuck brown. >> he's been around for years. since i was a little boy. >> okay, i'm just happy to be here. i'm pushing 70. chuck brown, the father of d.c.'s go go sounds. he entertained three different general generations. he is right up there with luke elington, and marvin gay. chuck di
's legendary godfather of go-go music. chuck brown. this is the beginning of a long good-bye for chuck. fans are snaking their way past his open casket down at the howard theater. for many, this is not a sad occasion. this is rather a time to celebrate the legacy of an artist who brought the city together for a long time. bruce johnson is live at the howard theater with more on the event still going on tonight. bruce. >> hey derek. we are outside the howard theater. a thinner crowd than we've seen for much of the day. these are people getting off work, dropping by. people were able to find parking places. they are at a premium. in the mid afternoon, most part it has been a festive-like atmosphere out here. this view is supposed to go on until 10:00 tonight. it will go on longer. it is public. it is open to everybody. no cameras inside. i'll give you a glimpse of what it's been like around here. is this a viewing unlike anything you've ever seen in this town. >> within the hour, the street in front of the howard theater has become a carnival and chuck brown, father of go-go, would have want
. this is a devastating loss. >> reporter: got a grammy nomination? >> unbelievable. >> reporter: chuck brown was 75. he began performing back in the 1960s. by the '70s when the rest of the country was deep into disco, d.c. had its own sound called go go. ♪ chuck's biggest hit "busting loose" soared you have the charts in -- up the charts in 1978. even today it's played on every d.c. radio station. ♪ chuck brown's live concerts were a family affair. four generations turned out to hear chuck. >> he ohm boyed what we are, who we are, what we do. >> he is the true definition of d.c. culture. >> if you're from d.c. you have to be a chuck brown fan. >> how? >> right now because right now, i'm just enjoying every minute of -- of being on this planet. >> reporter: probably don't even have a permit for this and no idea how long it's going to go on but it's chuck brown, you really don't need a permit. somebody said that chuck brown is to d.c. what elvis is to memphis. back to you in the studio. >> as we mourn the loss of chuck brown we want to know what your favorite memories are of the god father of go to.
. >>> washington, d.c. came to a standstill and all you could hear was chuck brown on the air waves. the godfather of go-go died at johns hopkins hospital yesterday. he had been battling pneumonia. he was 75 years old. delia goncalves takes a look at how fans are remembering the legend. >> reporter: we are in a studios of pgc where the deejays and fans are remembering the life and music of chuck brown. >> we are here to celebrate 30 years of go-go today. we want to take your phone calls. >> reporter: dedicating yet another day to d.c. icon and music legend chuck brown, memories from the personalities. >> this man does he really touches so many people and i don't think it's just the music, it's his personality. >> you think about chuck brown not a music that he didn't touch. he had a gospel song. >> reporter: the fans phoning in. >> i'm almost 50 years old and he's always been a part of my life. i knew when i heard his music that i was going to have a good time. >> it cost in 25 cents -- that was between '70 and '74. >> how you doing today? >> i'm all right, better than yesterday you know. had the
for next week's public farewell to the godfather of go go chuck brown. a public viewing for the d.c. music legend will take place tuesday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. all day at the howard theater on t street northwest. then the community can attend a memorial on thursday from noon to 3:00 at the washington convention center. bruce leshan has more on the final farewell to this washington legend. >> reporter: chuck brown used to play here at the howard theater on t street when it was a run down old dump back in the 1980s. he was actually scheduled here for a homecoming concert in june. instead a full circle moment, his viewing here on tuesday. >> yes, i'll be there without a doubt. >> reporter: how do you feel about chuck brown? >> i love him. i love him to death. i through up on chuck brown. -- i grew up on chuck brown. >> reporter: one of the really cool things about chuck brown was his ability to bring people together from all over the place, whites, african americans, asians. he played the go go clubs and he played the kennedy center. his funeral will be here in perhaps the most establishment
:18. back to you. >> thank you, monika. >>> 6:10 now. today begins the public goodbye to chuck brown. the godfather of go-go music died nearly to weeks ago at the age of 57. >> in just a -- age of 75. >> in just a few hours, a public viewing begins. delia goncalves is there live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. we have our first fan who has come here to line up for what is expected to be a really historic day. michael barry, you' originally from d.c., a native, love go-go i'm assuming. you drew this picture of chuck brown. >> yes, i did. thank you. >> reporter: tell me why you came out today and what does this mean for you? >> i remember standing in line to go to some of chuck brown's go-goes, many of the venues around town when i was younger. not even so much younger. but he's a historic part of the city. i really wanted to be here this morning to pay tribute to him. >> reporter: i was remarking before it seems like everybody has a picture with chuck brown. and that shows you just how much he loved his fans. he took time out to take a picture with everyone. tell me about w
. >> after two weeks of remembrances, d.c. will bid a final farewell to local music legend brown. >> thousands attended tuesday's viewing at how water theatre. now thousands are expected to -- howard theatre. now thousands are expected to show up for his funeral. delia goncalves is live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. tuesday was a pretty incredible day. we're likely to see that again. organizers say this is going to be the kind of musical sendoff, the largest that the city has ever seen with local and national artists all coming to the convention center to pay tribute. several bands will be taking the stage today including the chuck brown band. the thousands of fans that we all saw lined up outside of howard theatre on tuesday will be in for quite a spectacular show. though brown's passing is certainly the end after chapter here in the district, folks have been celebrating his life's work and contribution to the city and today will certainly be no exception. >> you had louie armstrong transcends jazz. you have bob marli who developed a genre and transcends that. now y
. candidate b, is brown who was a candidate for mayor back then. in these charges the assistant treasurer for the gray campaign is charged with using funds from the gray campaign to purchase money orders. count one talked about a $100 money order. count two talked about a $335 money order. count 3 talked about a $100 money order and they say this money was taken from the gray campaign, money orders were purchased and then the money was turned over to candidate b, and we are told that is brown. the most serious charge carries 20 years in prison, obstruction of justice and what prosecutors are charging in this charge is that the assistant treasurer had the intent to impede, obstruct and influence the investigation, that is the one that gets you serious jail time. just quickly, giving you background, j.c., you call brown, a minor candidate for mayor, claims vincent gray and staffers solicited him to continue criticizing the incumbent mayor at the time. he says it was a quid pro quo situation, that he was promised and given campaign support, and he produced some money orders, at that time. we
, sulaimon brown, so brown would stay in the race and keep on attacking the incumbent. bruce johnson has been on this story right from the beginning. >> today in federal court, thomas gore for mayor gray confessed that he and a second campaign staffer were involved in a scheme to get money to sulaimon brown. sources identified howard brooks to 9news now as that second campaign staffer. gore admitted in court that he diverted money from the gray campaign and gave that money to brooks who used it to purchase money orders that he in turn delivered to sulaimon brown. >> vincent gray's campaign, specifically mayor vincent gray gave me cash to maintain my campaign for mayor, cover living expenses, and attack then mayor fenty during the 2010 mayoral race. >> i can't imagine engaging in such reprehensible behavior. i know absolutely nothing about any one of miscampaign who did that. >> he kept a record of the payments to sulaimon brown until he learned of the fbi investigation he destroyed the notebook. in total, we're talking about five money orders. some bought here at the safeway across from c
with making false statements about payments to sulaimon brown. sources say brooks will enter a guilty plea tomorrow and then look to cooperate in the probe. did you know of this activity, what they were doing? >> again, i'm not going to comment at this stage. >> reporter: thomas gore, assistant treasurer in the gray campaign, pleaded guilty in court yesterday to trying to obstruct the investigation by destroying a notebook where payment to brown were recorded. new information from sources say the payments to sulaimon brown amounted to nearly $1,800 in roughly 20 money orders. >> vincent gray's campaign specifically, mayor vincent gray, gave me cash and money orders to maintain my campaign for mayor, cover living expenses and attack then mayor fenty. >> reporter: sulaimon brown says he was also promised a job. he got a position in the administration, but then was fired for alleged in competence. in a statement today brown said mayor gray should resign from office. prosecutors meanwhile are giving both gore and brooks time to cooperate in the investigations. in other words, name names. bru
service lasted for just over three hours. it ended with chuck brown's signature song. >> that's the thin that i liked about it. he didn't spell it out, you know, to try to take it to the world. they had to come and get it, you know, it stayed here. you know his kids were a part of the on-stage performance. they will continue to perform two of them here, outstanding football players with the big careers ahead of them. you saw the send off, probably won't be another one like them. chuck, thank you, thank you. and not a single tear in there. and they would have wanted it that way. they wanted them dancing and singing. that's what they got. >> and it started out with wind them up, chuck. they just kept going and going and we could feel the electricity here. and it must have been absolutely over the top for you being on the inside. >> oh, i don't know if you have been in the room with the great hall for the washington convention center. but they were rocking it at one point. the floor was rocking it up. and people jumped up and down and you could feel the floor rocking. i mean some people, th
tomorrow at the funeral for go go legend chuck brown. mayor gray says flags to half s bruce johnson reports plans are in the works to make this funeral unlike any the city's ever seen before. ♪ >> reporter: which i have cliff jones of --ly jones of soul world entertainment. he's preparing to salute go go legend chuck brown tomorrow. ♪ >> i've managed and developed groups such as raheem divine; puffy. >> reporter: more than 10,000 people stood in line for the viewing yesterday at the howard theater. and one government source today predicted up to 15,000 could turn out for chuck brown's funeral at the convention center. >> you had louis armstrong, he transcends jazz. you have bob marley who develops a genre and transcends that. now you have chuck brown who develops is genera and transcends that. >> reporter: wayne bruce is music director for tomorrow, paying homage to chuck brown will be a host of local stars like sugar bear, donny simpson. the chuck brown bands will also perform. >> his depth should change some lives, should change some people's mindsets when it comes totemsic business.
the family of singer/songwriter is discussing with officials a public sendoff. the 75-year-old brown died wednesday of organ failure at john hopkins hospital in baltimore. d.c. mayor vincent gray said he might make the washington convention center available for a public funeral. it is expected to attract thousands of fans and dignitaries who followed chuck brown during four decades. >>> this weekend the tributeses to the father of go-go kin. >> reporter: a lot of people are continuing to celebrate the life of chuck brown. of course u street a place no stranger to chuck brown. he practically played every single venue. here at the velvet lounge, everything inside is dedicated to the father of go-go. he may be gone but what he left behind for generations was the biggest gift key have given washington, a music like identity. >> go-go to the city is what chuck gave. >> it's going to be fun. >> it's easy to do because he had so much good. >> reporter: those listening to his music and remembers the godfather of go-go isn't just a way to celebrate his life but make sure his legacy is never forget
of the plans for a memorial service for music legend chuck brown. he died last week after being hospitalized for pneumonia. his daughter tells "the washington post" that a viewing is planned for tuesday at the howard theatre. the paper also reports that brown's funeral will take place at the verizon center or the convention center next thursday. we checked with brown's manager. he says that the details have not been finalized and they are subject to change. we will let you know when the services are finalized on our newscast as well as on our website wusa9.com, on facebook and also twitter. >>> the man who runs the secret service is facing tough questions about the prostitution scandal rocking his agency. danielle nottingham reports that scandal is forcing agencies to revise their codes of conduct. >> reporter: secret service director mike sullivan told lawmakers the misconduct of agents in the columbian prostitution scandal did not endanger president obama. sullivan is on the hot seat following revelations that secret service agents hired prostitutes in colombia prior to president obama's a
to come on 9news plans are finalized to say good- bye to the late great chuck brown. we'll tell you what you need to know in order to pay your final respects in person. >> but first space history is made as the first private spacecraft docks with the international space station. >>> with no nasa shuttles in operation anymore, it was a privately owned spacecraft that docked with the international space station today. yes, that is a first. the unmanned cargo ship is called the dragon built in california by a firm called spacex. this morning it hooked up with the space station to deliver supplies after years of work and anticipation spacex having reason to celebrate. >> i don't have words enough to express the level of excitement and elation that we feel here at spacex. there's so much that could have gone wrong and it went right. >> for now spacex is only in the supply delivery business, but one day they may carry passengers up there. engineers are working on plans to allow the spacecraft to carry seven people into orbit. >>> the memorial day weekend is off to a great start at least when i
. >>> but first remembering a local legend. memorial plans now set for chuck brown. >> this is 9news now. >>> we start with the brand new information. funeral services for chuck brown who passed away last week. it will be a very public affair to let fans come together fo mourn his passing but -- to mourn his passing. an all day viewing from 11:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night. on thursday a public memorial service at the walter e washington convention center in northwest. that's from noon to 3:00 p.m. parking will be limited. you're encouraged to use metrorail or bus. we're going to repeat this information a little later on in case you missed some of it. you will be sure 9news now will be sure to give you full coverage of the memorial service. >>> another shakeup at the gsa. the general services administration. 9news investigator russ ptacek has learned five people are now out at the agency and officials want to out four others all in connection with the lavish las vegas convention. >> we are trying to identify all. our investigation uncovered gsa documents showing five officials received
campaign into the hands of another candidate in 2010, sulaimon brown. brown says the gray campaign paid him to verbally attack another candidate, the then incumbent mayor adrian fenty. mayor gray continues to deny wrongdoing. >> wouldn't be doing my job if i didn't ask the question. did you know of this activity, what they were doing? >> again i'm not going to comment at this stage. we'll let the investigation play out as well as it should. >> yesterday former campaign worker thomas gore pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme to funnel money to brown. >>> deeply disappointed and sorry, that's what the head of the secret service had to say to a panel of senators about the agency's colombian prostitution scandal. director mark sullivan testified about the incident before the senate homeland security committee today, that as reports now surface that some agents claim they're just scapegoats for the behavior the agency already knew about and condoned. one senator pointed out the agents involved it register the women under their real -- did register the women under their real names. >> that su
brown. >>> and it was a fitting send off for the god father of go go. part gospel service and part go go concert. >> a whose who of politician -- a who's who of politicians for the three-hour plus funeral at the washington convention center. >> and today, the celebration had so much rhythm and beat. look at that. even the mayor is dancing, well, sort of. bruce johnson was inside the service. he joins us with the rest of the story. >> the nation's capitol have never seen this kind of memorial service. ♪ trouble don't last >> you know what, d.c.. >> chuck was so down to earth. he was just seen through and through. >> there are so many stories i have heard that their lives have been turned around with just three minutes of his time. he's just an incredible man. ♪ [ music ] >> it was a combination of gospel revival, happy hours. and go go concerts. it seems to have never end. show your problems. >> this is amazing. this brought the city together. people are just loving it. people are smiling. people are happy. >> we kept him going for soing long. he really loves the people. he loves d.c.
their respects to chuck brown. >> the godfather of go-go died earlier this month after being hospitalized for several weeks. he was 75. 9news now reporter delia goncalves is live at the site of today's viewing, the howard theatre. good morning, delia. are we seeing anything happening getting ready for what's going to happen in just a few hours? >> reporter: we're certainly still a few hours away but lots of work is being done. take a look we can see that some barriers, some guards have already been put up for the 30,000 people who are expected to come. we're told those folks are supposed to line down c street here and wrap around 7th street. so you can see there are guards already in place for the folks to line up. we have some tents setting up, some folks setting up tents at this point and foods trucks. certainly lots of activity to get ready for what is expected to be a very big day here in washington, d.c. as i said, more than 30,000 fans expected to file into the howard theatre to say goodbye. chuck brown was d.c. in a farewell ceremony scheduled for stand and thursday -- for today an
are expected today for a memorial service to chuck brown. it's a final goodbye to the man behind the d.c. sound of go go music. >> the doors won't open for hours but a big crowd is expected to show up early. delia goncalves is live at the convention center with a preview. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning, mike. a huge crowd expected. you can see that crews have already arrived setting up the barricades for the event that is likely to draw thousands of people. the doors open at 10:00 a.m. you can expect a rush of fans heading interest the doors to get that prime spot. we're told the doors will close when the capacity is reached and that's at 14,500 people. music will certainly mark the service with artists like sugar bear taking the stage. about 10,000 fans lined up for tuesday's viewing and so many more are expected for today's funeral services. chuck brown died two weeks ago at the age of 75 after four decades on the music scene. the creative -- brown taught himself guitar after spending time in jail as a young person. he was released and literally reinvented himself with a sound
jay von brown was missing. he went missing at 11:00 a.m. sunday. so take a look. it's been a long search for a lot of them. he lives in this apartment complex with his mother, between 13th and 14th. police are staged in the parking lot. that is the last spot where he was seen. he was playing right outside in that parking lot sunday morning. take a close look at the picture of six-year-old jay von brown. when he was last seen, he had on a green t-shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, blue jeans, red and black shoes. his grandmother, tina brown, is pleading for her grandson's safe return. >> i came up here at 9:00. to find him and i have been looking since. i just want him to come home. if anybody have him, if anybody see him, just bring him home. >> reporter: you can imagine what this family is going through. i'm told by other members of the family that jay von lives with his mother and his mother has sole custody of her son. his father is in jail, so there is no other family member who could have taken off with him. they were hoping if you take a close look at the picture, you wi
bear" series. >>> concern has been growing over chuck brown. he hasn't performed in more than two months and little was said about his whereabouts. >> he is in a hospital in baltimore. he's recovering from pneumonia. as bruce johnson reports, the reason for worry is because someone said chuck brown is to d.c. what elvis is to memphis. ♪ feel like busting loose >> reporter: for nearly five decades, chuck brown has been the godfather of d.c.'s original go go sound. >> all the kids wanted it. all the grownups wanted it. >> reporter: music has never caught on like that in mo town in memphis. but record artists over the years know chuck brown. 75 chuck brown has been absent from the stage for nearly for months. his band recently performed in his absence prompting rumors of his death throughout the internet. he's still being treated in the intensive care unit at johns hopkins university hospital in baltimore. his manager and and a family member would only confirm he's still hospitalized and they continue to ask his fans to pray for him. >> we are sharing our love for d.c.'s own chuck
'll tell you more on chuck brown's health. top. >>> i just popped the umbrella up. a couple light showers. we'll show you the almanac and close to average. 75 and 61 go in the books. 74 and 54 is the average. only .2 officially at national. north and west of town we had a tenth of an inch of rain. when we come back, we'll talk about when we can put the umbrellas away. >> a startling scene on tape. we'll show it to you and show you the happy ending. that's next. ♪ okay, so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. that's yours. lower cholesterol. lower cholesterol. i'm yummy. lower cholesterol. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste? honey nut cheerios. want whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol? honey nut cheerios. it's a win win. good? [ crunching, sipping ] be happy. be healthy. can i try yours? >>> all right, back from the break. caught on tape, a disturbing scene with a good outcome. you might not want to watch at first. police in buffalo released this surveillance video early thursday morning,
the rest of his life in prison for the murder of off-duty maryland state trooper wesley brown who was moonlighting security at the applebee's restaurant in forestville june 11th, 2010. brown's fiancee is ebony norris. >> wesley was the man that i dreamed of. we were engaged to be married. >> you hear people talk about great people all the time and some are good. some are bad. wes was truly that great person. >> reporter: brown's partner that night, fellow trooper carl peoples, said he now faces a lifetime of regret. peoples said he was set to arrest williams who just urinated on the crowded restaurant floor and had taken a swing at peoples outside but brown, the younger trooper who always looked for good in people, talked his partner out of it. >> he said carl, let him go. he's drunk. he didn't mean any better. we can do something else and we walked back inside and i said we shouldn't let him go and he came babb and committed the act he did commit. -- back and committed the act he did commit. >> reporter: throughout the legal process cyril williams hasn't had much today and tod
transcends jazz. you have bob marlly who develops a general reand -- genre. you have chuck brown who develops a genre and transcends that. >> reporter: paying homage to chuck brown will be a host of stars like donny simpson and huggy lowdown. the chuck brown bands will also perform. >> his death should change people's minds. >> reporter: the people who will be performing at the washington convention center tomorrow for chuck brown's funeral tell me this town has never seen the type of musical sendoff we'll see. add to that much of the world still don't know much about go go music and tomorrow could end up being one for the history books. >> gospel, jazz, blues, go go. especially go go will send chuck off in a manner that's fitting of a king. >> reporter: doors open at 10:00. the funeral is set to begin two hours later after 14,500 people have entered the doors, the doors will be closed. bruce johnson, 9news now. >> on wednesday d.c.'s congressional delegate eleanor holmes norton introduce add resolution to the house of representatives that would create a chuck brown day this year
to mother's day. >>> they call him the god father of gogo. chuck brown, he has not performed in more than two months leading to a lot of speculation and questions as to what exactly might be wrong with one of d.c.'s favorite citizens. bruce johnson went out today looking for answers and hopefully came back with some. bruce. >> we have some answers. he is being hospitalized right now. he's in baltimore. we should point out to people fairly new to the area, he is huge here. as somebody once said, chuck brown is to washington to elvis is to memphis. for nearly five decades, chuck brown has been the god father of d.c.'s original gogo sound. >> the jungle thing in him. what everybody wanted. all the kids wanted it. all the grownups want it. >> music never caught on like that, but the biggest recording artist sampled it over the years. they know chuck brown. 75 chuck browns have been absent from the stage for two months. his band performed in his absence, prompting rumors of his death throughout the internet. through independent sources, 9news now confirmed chuck brown is being treated in th
repairs. we'll keep you posted. back to you. ♪ >>> the unmistakable sound of chuck brown and one fan said chuck brown would want d.c. to party hard for him. brown died yesterday at 75. he was hospitalized yesterday. his death was the result of multiple organ failure due to sepsis. doctors discovered blood clots in his legs. >> they removed the clots, however brown later developed a case of pneumonia in the hospital. >> as news began the spread local radio stations played tributes to him. >> they flocked to the howard theater. bruce johnson has more. >> reporter: we're outside the historic howard theater. chuck brown couldn't be here for the grand opening some weeks ago, he's here tonight in spirits the hundreds if not even thousands of people gather. >> we lost a great one. we have to celebrate. >> i love chuck brown. i've been listening to him my whole life every school dance. >> reporter: mayor gray says he may open the washington convention center for chuck brown's funeral. >> chuck was a great human being and frankly a goodie
diverted gray campaign funds to minor candidate, sulaimon brown to keep him in the race and keep him attacking adrian fenty. he admitted in court to destroying evidence and lying to federal investigators. bruce johnson has been all over this case since the very start. we know one thing now. sulaimon brown was not lying about getting money from the gray campaign. >> absolutely right. wasn't lying about this and makes the mayor look bad. the mayor isn't available for comment. we also know tonight, derek, the name of somebody who helped get that money to sulaimon brown from the gray campaign. that same person helped nab gore. >> mr. gore, what about you? any comment? >> thomas gore left the federal courthouse in d.c. a convicted felon, now facing at least 12 to 18 months in prison. this after the man with a master's degree in social work management helped divert money from the vincent gray campaign to sulaimon brown when gray was trying to unseat incumbent mayor, adrian fenty. >> mayor gray gave me cash and money orders to maintain my campaign for mayor, cover living expenses, and a
the money orders that the gray campaign paid to sulaimon brown. who was then running for mayor. >> these charges come out when the mayor and others are in las vegas at a retail convention. it's hard to get to them for reaction, but this is big. it's that obstruction of justice charge that could send him to prison. >> d.c. mayor had insisted from the beginning after winning the election in 2010 that he did nothing wrong. >> first of all, we never authorized any of that. >> federal prosecutors are convinced there was a lot going wrong that unseated mayor, adrian fenty. >> after people engaged in wrong doing, they need to be held accountable. >> suleiman brown had claimed he was promised a job in the gray administration and his campaign had been given money orders to help him stay in the race to criticize the incumbent. brown got the job, but was eventually fired. >> vincent gray's campaign specifically, mayor vincent gray, gave me cash and money orders to maintain my campaign for mayor, cover living expenses, and attack then mayor fenty during the 2010 mayoral race. >> th
from rhode island. tsa officials stopped a father and his young son yesterday. terrell brown reports they had gun parts and ammunition in a bizarre hiding place. >> reporter: on monday at the airport in providence, rhode island, a routine search turned into a major security scare. while screening a passenger's carry-on bag, tsa agents found the hardware of a 40 caliber gun, a magazine loaded with two rounds of ammunition, and a firing pin all concealed within three stuffed animals, including a mickey mouse. >> the stuffed animals were contained in the carry-on bag. the carry-on bag was going through normal procedures. >> reporter: the bag belonged to a 4-year-old boy traveling with his father to detroit. tsa agents confiscated the items but let the man and boy get on their plane. >> the officers were comfortable allowing the father and son continue on the flight. he indicated that he was unaware they were there. the public was never in any danger. >> reporter: police believe neither father nor son knew they were carrying a weapon and in a statement a spokesperson said, they believe t
dollars to minor candidate, sulaimon brown. blues bruce johnson has been on this story since the beginning. >> reporter: tho thomas gore confessed he and a second campaign staffer were involved in a scheme to get money for sulaimon brown. sources identified howard brooks as that second campaign staffer. he diverted money from the campaign and gave that money to brooks who used it to purchase money orders that he delivered to sulaimon brown. >> vincent gray's campaign gave me cash and money orders to maintain my campaign for mayor, cover living expenses, and attack then mayor fenty during the 2010 mayoral race. >> i can't imagine. i know absolutely nothing about any one of my campaign who did that. >> he kept a record of payments until he learned of the fbi investigation he destroyed the notebook. in total, we're talking about five money orders. some bought here. a total of $660 that went to sulaimon brown, all misdemeanors. gore destroyed the notebook, got caught on tape admitting it, and lied to federal authorities. he is facing 12 to 18 months in prison. according to
to criticize the incumbent during public debates. brown got the job, but was fired. >> vincent brown's campaign gave me cash and money orders to maintain my campaign for mayor, cover living expenses. >> criminal information document, thomas w. gore is charged with using candidate a's campaign funds to purchase money orders that were then donated to candidate b.'s campaign. using somebody else's name. sources say candidate a is gray and candidate b is sulaimon brown. there are three money orders totaling $535. one felony charge accuses thomas of trying to obstruct the investigation by destroying the notebook containing records of the payments to brown. >> it's deeply troubling. i know tom gore, and he's a standup guy that has done a lot on behalf of the city and on behalf of children. >> others were surprised by charges, a straight shooter, according to everybody we talked with today. >> we haven't been able to reach thomas gore by telephone. people are stunned by all of this. they say he's a good guy. they helped establish disadvantaged youth. he grew up in foster care. bruce joh
on the behalf of the city and children. >> brown ran against gray in the 2010 race. brown says gray gave him cash and money orders to stay in the race and verbal attack a third candidate then mayor adrienne fenty. >>> marion barry is recovering at a las vegas hospital after being treated for a blood clot. he says he got the clot while waiting on a plane in memphis. the 76-year-old is expected to make a full recovery. he says his doctors are telling him to stay on blood thinners and get plenty of exercise. he will also have to take it easy the next several days. >>> here's a look at some other things making news now. today marks the one-year anniversary of the tornado which devastated job lynn, missouri. >> president owe bam -- joplin, missouri. >> president obama visited on monday. we have more on the recovery. >> reporter: president obama didn't have to look far for motivation by his commencement address for joplin high school class of 2012. >> as lie out at this class and across this city, what's clear is that you're the source of inspiration today. >> reporter: it was may 22, 2011 when a
brown to keep brown in the race so -- sulaimon brown to keep brown in the race so he could attack mayor incumbent adrian fenty. brooks is the second gray staffer to plead guilty to federal charges. earlier today here's what his lawyer glenn ivey had to say about all this. >> i think he hit the point where he realized that it was time to accept responsibility for what he'd done. he realized he'd made a very serious mistake in the way he'd gone about handling this initially. he wanted to get it back on the right track. today was the first step in that direction. >> reporter: part of the plea agreement here for brooks, his guilty plea would give him between zero to six months in prison or he can simply get probation. of course, he hasn't been sentenced yet. that's to happen later in the coming months. back to you. >> another hot and humid day has more storms popping up all over the d.c. region. topper is tracking them now. who's in the bull's eye? >> west and southwest of town, not as numerous as yesterday and no warnings, but they are still capable of producing very heavy rain. let's loo
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